Once Upon A Time In Palermo (Set 1 & 2)

Once Upon A Time In Palermo (Set 1 & 2)

Anna Kenneally

Symbols of wealth seamlessly embellish the figures and setting of ’Once upon a time in Palermo (Set 1&2)’. These recognisable objects of value allow us to question our definitions of status. The original sources have been collaged and cannibalised in order to reflect references of both art and fashion within western culture. Once-religious-icons have been reimagined as the pinnacle of consumer culture. Designers such as Dolce & Gabbana show fluid interchanges of style as they play out mythical narratives, meanwhile showing a division of class.

Born through handmade collage, the work strikes a balance between abstraction and realism, as the initial photographic reference is transformed by the application of paint. I construct utopian worlds, flaunting excess and opulence through figurative painting. My work presents the staged nature of fashion iconography, highlighting the absurdity of their original production. These values are important, as I am interested in re-evaluating the historical tableau, presenting the female figure as artist, rather than muse. Often reinventing existing subjects, I intend for the paintings to form a hybrid between the historical and the contemporary.

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